– Deuteronomy 11:15
Like a great wine, or a finely aged artisan cheese, Hawk's Cry Pastured Beef is slowly grown, at nature's pace. Black Angus cattle are born into the Hawk's Cry herd and nurtured on the farm's bountiful grass pastures. The cattle grow as nature intended – without growth-hormones, maintenance antibiotics, or accelerated feeding programs.
Beyond the rich taste and juicy tenderness of Hawk's Cry Pastured Beef is a natural, healthy, and nutritious food.
- The Hawk's Cry Herd
The Black Angus cattle of the Hawk's Cry herd are cross-bred with selectively chosen beef breeds to enhance meat quality and animal health. Calves are born in the valley and stay right here for as long as it takes to become Hawk's Cry Pastured Beef.
The cattle in the Hawk's Cry herd freely forage grass pasture paddocks, and are never confined in a barn or feedlot.
The pastures and hay fields of Hawk's Cry consist primarily of native grasses that are well-suited to this environment. Intermixed with the grasses are a variety of legumes that balance out the nutritional needs of the herd. These grasses and legumes define the delicious and distinctive flavors only found in pastured beef.
- Pristine Drinking Water
Pure clean groundwater, pumped from a deep sandstone aquifer, is used exclusively to quench the thirst of the Hawk's Cry herd. Hawk's Cry cattle are never exposed to streams and creeks possibly contaminated with livestock feces, agricultural chemicals, or contaminants from other operations. Conversely, Hawk's Cry cattle do not contribute directly to the contamination of any surface water.
Hawk's Cry is a local, self-sustaining, family farm. Calves are born on the farm and raised with their mothers on the forage grown here. As older cows are culled from the herd, breeding stock is replaced with heifers born on the farm. Minimal transportation is needed to get Hawk's Cry Pastured Beef to you, the consumer.
- Humane Handling
Low-stress handling techniques are used in the care of the Hawk's Cry herd. Based upon the research and philosophy of Temple Grandin, Ph.D. of Colorado State University, these techniques insure that the herd is handled quietly and humanely at all times. This results in calmer animals, and ensures a superior pastured beef product.
- Growth-Hormone Free
Most cattle raised in industrial feedlots are injected with growth-hormones to accelerate weight gain and enhance profits. The cattle at Hawk's Cry Farm are entirely free of growth-hormones. Yes, this takes much longer to raise the cattle but the result is healthier animals, and healthier food for all of us.
- Local USDA Processing
Hawk's Cry Pastured Beef is humanly processed at a local USDA inspected and certified organic abattoir. All Hawk’s Cry cattle are processed at, or before, 18 months of age to insure peak tenderness and flavor. After processing, the pastured beef can be dry aged for 10-21 days to further enhance tenderness and/or flavor, depending upon consumer preference.
- A Healthy Natural Food
A cornucopia of nutritional needs are satisfied with every bite of Hawk's Cry Pastured Beef. According to Sustainable Table – "Grass-fed meat is low in both overall fat and artery-clogging saturated fat, and it provides a considerably higher amount of healthy Omega-3 fats than corn-fed meat." In her essay "Beyond Organic" Jo Robinson, author of "Pasture Perfect," maintains that grass-fed beef is even healthier than organic beef raised on grain. Detailed health benefits can be found in a recently completed study from California State University – Chico.
Availability and Pricing
If you are interested in Hawk's Cry Pastured Beef, please join our email list, and we will let you know in advance when steers will be ready for purchase, and the current price.
Initially, we will only be taking orders for full, half, quarters or eighths.
Frozen lean ground Hawk's Cry Pastured Beef is always available at the farm for $4.00/pound, packaged in 1½ pound tubes.